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The Oregon State Fire Marshal wants you to keep fire safety on your holiday menu - 11/21/18

During the upcoming holidays, State Fire Marshal Jim Walker is reminding Oregonians to keep fire safety in mind when cooking and preparing holiday meals.

Cooking was the leading cause of residential structure fires over the past five years (2013-2017), causing an average of 19% of Oregon’s total residential structure fires.  On average, there are 533 cooking-caused residential structure fires per year.

“By following a few fire prevention and safety tips, you can help keep your family safer from the dangers of fire this holiday season. “ says Walker.


Cooking safety tips:

Keep a close eye on what you are cooking, heat cooking oil slowly, and never leave cooking food unattended. If you need to leave the kitchen, turn off the stove or set a timer.

Have a “kid and pet-free zone” of at least three feet around the stove and areas where hot foods or drinks are prepared or carried.

Keep pot and pan handles turned inward on the stove to avoid bumping them and spilling hot food.


If you have a cooking fire:

Always keep a lid nearby to smother small fires. Smother the flames by carefully sliding the lid over the pan. Turn off the burner and don’t move the pan until it is completely cool.

Never pour water on a grease fire; it can splatter the grease and spread the fire.

When in doubt, get out! Call 9-1-1 after you leave.


Turkey fryer safety:

The OSFM discourages the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that cook the turkey in hot oil. The use of deep fat turkey fryers can lead to devastating burns, other injuries, and the destruction of property.

The OSFM urges those who prefer fried turkey to seek out a professional establishment, such as grocery stores, specialty food retailers, and restaurants, for the preparation of the dish, or consider an “oil-less” turkey fryer.

For more information on cooking safety, visit: https://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/Pages/cookingsafety.aspx

For more information on general home fire safety, visit: https://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/pages/commed_firesafety_program.aspx


Make sure you have smoke alarms on every level of your home, outside each sleeping area, and in every bedroom. Test smoke alarms monthly and replace them if they are 10 years old or older.

Oregon strike teams home from the Camp Fire - 11/21/18

All 15 of Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal’s  strike teams that have been assisting with battling the Camp Fire for the past 12 days have demobilized  and are all back at  their home stations as of yesterday, just in time to spend Thanksgiving with their loved ones.   


Chief Kim Zagaris, State Fire and Rescue Chief at California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, stated, “I wanted to pass along our deepest thanks to both Director Phelps and State Forester Decker as well as the staffs at the Oregon State Fire Marshal, the Oregon Office of Emergency Management, the Oregon Department of Forestry, and especially the Oregon Fire Service who again were able to respond to California’s request for Mutual Aid. Your ability to respond so quickly with 85 Oregon Fire Engines and the 290 firefighters who staff them is most impressive. Nothing can make us more proud than to see the Nation’s Fire Service respond to its neighbor’s assistance for Mutual Aid so quickly”.


The Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal is extremely pleased with the performance of our strike teams, as they have played an important role in helping our neighbors to the south.  All of Oregon can be proud of the professionalism and effectiveness of our firefighters while battling this historical fire.

OSFM ST from Linn County rescues lost horse, provides food, and calls animal rescue to have her transported to safety
OSFM ST from Linn County rescues lost horse, provides food, and calls animal rescue to have her transported to safety
Oregon Office of State Fire Marshal's update on Oregon firefighters - November 16, 2018 (Photos) (Photo) - 11/16/18

The Oregon State Fire Marshal (OSFM) strike teams (ST) continue critical work on the Camp Fire Incident burning in Butte County, California.  The OSFM currently has 75 engines and approximately 300 personnel from throughout the Oregon Fire Service currently assigned to the incident.   The Camp Fire is the nation’s deadliest wildfire in a century and although cooler weather is helping firefighters to gain ground, we know that the search for people will continue.  As the number of fatalities increase, we continue to monitor the effects this has on our first responders and to provide the necessary peer support.  The safety and well-being of our firefighters is, and will remain, our number one priority.


Thirteen OSFM ST are working 24 hour shifts on the fire constructing direct lines and holding control lines to mitigate the threat of fire escaping.  They are also engaged in mop up and patrol. Two OSFM ST are assigned to the Rescue Division, working 12 hour shifts. Their assignments involve securing water lines, gas lines, and LPG storage and lines, as well as working to clear structures and assisting search and rescue recovery efforts.



Chief Deputy Ruiz-Temple states, “Oregonians can take great pride in the sacrifice of our firefighters during this time of year. We also keep their families in our thoughts who will certainly miss them during the upcoming holiday. When giving your thanks next week, please keep everyone affected by the fires in your thoughts as they face the grim task of rebuilding their property and lives”.


The Oregon strike teams are expected to remain on the fire through Friday, November 23rd; however as conditions improve their return home may change.